A World-Changing Conflict of the Present: The Syrian Civil War

What comes to your mind when you think of civil war? One may think of the Civil War of the United States and how the North defeated the South with their justice. However, even the “honorable” and “noble” freedom fighters committed horrible crimes during the period of war. War will change people, and the Syrian war is no different.

Wars have not happened just in Syria. The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave that influenced the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the more major events have happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and Bahrain. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and some are still on the battlefield fighting for change.

The biggest and most significant battlefield is without a doubt Syria. In this once-peaceful country, an ongoing 7-year conflict has claimed the lives of over 400,000 people; some soldiers, many innocents. The fifteen boys that had been arrested on the 6th of March did not expect such a catastrophic uprising against their own government. Although they knew their regime was brutal, they did not know that it would be so unforgiving, and they certainly did not know that their own people would be as remorseless as their leaders.

This conflict may end as soon as tomorrow, or as late as in 200 years. The number of different fighters of the war with different beliefs and different objectives has made the struggle hard to resolve, with outside countries complicating the situation even further by taking their own sides. A large number of people around the world know of this situation, but few have any idea to put an end to the war. All I have to say is that we must do something before it is too late.

Nobody Wins in War

 

 

An Unholy Night

The battlefield of war

Is ever in motion.

A once peaceful, thriving land unsuspectingly and unwillingly

Falls prey to conflict.

Countless innocent souls have been threatened

By illness and torment, their life

Hanging by a single thread above the boundless abyss of death.

 

Take cover, men! —My comrades, we can fight

But all efforts will be in vain.

We will not lose to power,

But merely to our fruitless attempts of protecting our nation.

Fighting conflict with conflict is futile.

We may be called cowards, but

Our enemy is not their army.

Our enemy is war.

To die is simply a minor attempt at quenching

The insatiable hunger of the tempest of death, plague, anguish.

You and I; we will not be its next victim.

 

An unholy night —unstirred, yet unnatural

Residue of the wreckage,

Remains of the revolted and

Remnants of the regime.

What a ghastly sight —once hopeful soldiers;

Once valiant fighters, lost to sickness and pain,

Seized by the hands of death.

They don’t matter anymore;

Their past, forgotten as they become

Oblivion.

 

Yet has there no end

To my suffering?

To your suffering?

To our people’s suffering?

 

Where is the end to

Leading people to their inevitable demise like

Lambs to the slaughter?

Is there no end to

Meaningless destruction just in sake of

“Winning” the battle?

They may have won this fight, but

Nobody;

Nobody wins in war…

I believe my presentation was the better part to reflect on of the two. The poem was spoken with emotion, changes in dynamics, and changes in speed. In my opinion, my poem could have been presented better with more actions and body movement.

 

 

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